Michael Ansara has Passed (Mania.com)
By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Sunday, August 04, 2013
It was both that voice and his haunting eyes that made Michael Ansara one of the best villains on television. Michael Ansara, better known as Commander Kang on the original Star Trek series has passed. The reasons of which have yet to be released to the public.
Genre fans will also remember Ansara from short lived Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series that ran from 1979-1980 where he played the villainous Kane. However, a whole new generation of fans will forever link his voice to that of Mr. Freeze from the animated Batman series that ran in the Nineties (watch the clip below).
Ansara was one of the few actors to actually reprise a role on Star Trek's subsequent spin off shows. “Most sci-fi fans will remember him as Kang from 1968's ‘Day of the Dove,’ one of the best episodes of the third and final season of the original Star Trek. In the show, Kang and a battalion of Klingon warriors are transported aboard the Enterprise by an alien entity that sets the ship's crew and the Klingons against each other so it can feed off their hatred. Ansara reprised the role in a 1994 episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and a 1996 segment of Star Trek: Voyager.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ansara family.